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# Apply for an Extension or Deferral

An extension is permission to hand in a piece of assessed work after the published hand-in date without incurring a penalty.

A deferral is permission to delay an attempt at a particular assessment until after the relevant assessment board has met, or for an unseen written exam, at the next scheduled examination period.

When universities were forced to close in March 2020 due to the pandemic, the university’s Academic Board agreed a number of measures to minimise the impact on students’ assessments and awards.

Specifically in regard to extensions and deferrals, the following No Detriment measures have been approved:

  • Extensions will be granted automatically on all coursework.
  • Deferrals will be granted to all students who request them.

Read the University's No Detriment Commitment for the 2020/2021 Academic Year (opens new window) on the Student News for full details of all the measures.

# Automatic extensions have been reinstated

To help you manage your workload, there is an automatic two week extension to the original deadline date of all coursework, dissertations and projects due for the remainder of this academic year. This means that you do not need to apply for an extension or inform us when in that additional two week period you plan to submit your work.

Please plan your workload carefully and consider the impact of extensions on your other assessments and studies.

# Apply online to get an automatic deferral

Where you feel that a two week extension is not sufficient, you may decide to defer your assessment to the next assessment period. You must inform us of your intention to defer an assessment before the submission deadline.

You can inform us online via the extension & deferral application guidance and form (opens new window). You do not need to include a rationale, provide any evidence, or wait for this to be approved. Correct submission of the form will result in automatic approval.

You need to inform us so that a failure is not recorded on your results and you do not lose an attempt.

Please consider carefully how you choose to manage your assessments. Deferring might reduce the number of attempts you will be able to fit into this academic year, which could then mean that you do not pass enough modules to progress to the next stage of your course or to graduate with your cohort.


If you have requested a deferral (opens new window) for any assessments due between January and April 2021, it will be automatically granted. We are processing requests as quickly as possible, but due to a high number of requests we may not be able to respond with written confirmation as quickly as we would like. Please do not wait for confirmation, and, if you made your application before the original deadline, you can assume that your assessment submission deadline is now deferred.

Last updated: 28/04/2021, 12:19:55